Upstate News

June 16, 2003
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

Lectureship at SUNY Upstate honors longtime dermatology professor

The Fuad S. Farah Endowed Lectureship in Dermatology and Immunology has been established at SUNY Upstate Medical University to honor the longtime faculty member and section chief.

Since joining SUNY Upstate in 1976, Fuad Farah, M.D., has served on numerous university committees, and taught and trained hundreds of medical students and residents. Farah’s research into skin diseases has been widely published in such journals as Clinical Dermatology and the Annals of Internal Medicine.

David Duggan, M.D., professor and chair of SUNY Upstate’s Department of Medicine, said the endowed lectureship recognizes Farah’s influence in teaching and research.

“Dr. Farah is wholly devoted to SUNY Upstate and this is reflected in how he gives so generously of his time and talent to our students, whether it is here at our clinics or at his private practice,” Duggan said. “He is a highly professional and compassionate physician, and the medical community greatly benefits from his being a member of our profession.”

Before coming to SUNY Upstate, Farah was a professor of dermatology at the American University of Beirut (he earned his medical degree there in 1954), director of the World Health Organization’s Immunology Research and Training Center for the Middle East and a visiting professor of immunology at the University of Bern in Switzerland.

He and his family left Beirut for the United States in 1976 shortly after the outbreak of civil war in Lebanon. After arriving in Syracuse, Farah was appointed to the faculty at SUNY Upstate and his family has been in Central New York ever since.

Farah’s legacy to SUNY Upstate goes far beyond his teaching and research: He and his wife, Mona, have four children, all of whom earned their medical degrees from SUNY Upstate. They are: Richard, 1983, an anesthesiologist in Anchorage, Alaska; Ronald, 1983, a radiologist at the Syracuse Veterans Administration Medical Center; Ramsay, 1995; assistant professor of dermatology and dermapthology and a partner in his father’s private practive, the Farah Dermatology Center; and Joyce, 2001, who is completing her residency in dermatology in Buffalo.

The Fuad S. Farah Endowed Lectureship in Dermatology and Immunology will be given annually by a national expert in these key areas.

Herman Eisen, M.D., professor emeritus at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine, delivered the first Farah Lecture May 29. Farah worked as a research fellow in Eisen’s research laboratory at Wash University in St. Louis from 1957 to 1959.

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